I don't want to make this awkward, but I have a hard relationship question that also happens to be a legal one. If you are engaged, but breakup in Missouri, can you keep the engagement ring? It's lawyer time.

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I should point out that I'm NOT a lawyer. It's just one of those questions that pops into your head that you need to find an answer for. In this case, I turned to the internet experts at Rocket Lawyer. It's a question about love (or the lack thereof).

If you are engaged and breakup in Missouri, are you required by law to return the ring?

Here's the answer from Rocket Lawyer about the engagement ring possession question:

In most states where engagement rings are considered conditional gifts, the recipient remains the owner of the ring only if the condition of marriage is met. In most cases, the ring goes back to the purchaser if the couple breaks up.

I have known a handful of friends who have had to deal with this issue. In most cases, the woman with the ring didn't want to keep it because it was just a reminder of love gone wrong. But, I have heard stories about ladies who felt the ring would be legally classified as "a gift". It appears the law doesn't see it that way, but again I AM NOT A LAWYER. That's ALL CAPS because it's important to talk to a real lawyer if the subject comes up for you or someone you know.

There is a way around this legal issue though. If the receiver of the ring wants to keep it and the giver is OK with that, what's a secret between friends?

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